RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – A pair of Academic All-Americans, Ouachita’s Kori Bullard and Southern Nazarene’s Colin Pasque, received the 2016-17 Great American Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the conference office announced on Thursday.
The league’s faculty athletic representatives or designees voted on the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. They could not vote for their own student-athletes.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – A pair of Academic All-Americans, Ouachita’s Kori Bullard and Southern Nazarene’s Colin Pasque, received the 2016-17 Great American Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the conference office announced on Thursday.
The league’s faculty athletic representatives or designees voted on the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. They could not vote for their own student-athletes.
 
2016-17 GAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Kori Bullard, Ouachita, Volleyball/Basketball
 
Bullard became the first Ouachita student-athlete to capture one of the four GAC year-end superlative awards as the two-sport standout earned the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The junior, who owns a perfect 4.00 GPA in biology/pre-med, claimed the Crafton Tull Elite Scholar Athlete award in both volleyball and basketball.
On the court, she helped lead the Tiger volleyball squad to a share of their first regular-season title in the program’s 20-year Division-II era. She earned First-Team All-GAC honors after she ranked in the top 10 in the league in blocks and points. She earned a selection on the USA D-2 Volleyball team that competed in Brazil.
She transitioned to the basketball court where she averaged 9.0 points per game and ranked in top four in the league in 3-point field-goal percentage and blocks. She helped the Tigers qualify for the GAC Championships for the first time since 2014.
Bullard has lent her time to various volunteer efforts including Tiger Serve Day, a bi-annual event providing service to families in Arkadelphia and Clark County, the Arkadelphia Elementary Schools Physical Education Mentor Program and Lady Tiger Day at Arkadelphia Senior Center.
Other nominees for the 2016-17 GAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas-Monticello senior Lauren Johnson (Golf) Arkansas Tech senior Caroline Fredensborg (Golf), East Central sophomore Anna Mora (Cross Country/Track & Field), Harding senior Melita Sutherland (Soccer/Track & Field), Henderson State junior Annie Shannon (Tennis), Northwestern Oklahoma State junior Audrey Estes (Softball), Oklahoma Baptist senior Lacey Herbert (Track & Field), Southeastern Oklahoma State sophomore Destiny Riddle (Softball), Southern Arkansas senior Maddie Dow (Softball), Southern Nazarene senior Sam Smith (Softball) and Southwestern Oklahoma State senior Taya Haney (Softball).
 
 
2016-17 GAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Colin Pasque, Southern Nazarene, Track and Field
 
Southern Nazarene’s Colin Pasque, a three-time All-American in the pole vault and a two-time First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, became the Great American Conference’s first repeat winner of the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor.
Pasque scored All-America honors for the third time of his career after he placed fourth at the Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships and took 13th in Indoor. He has won the title at each of the first two GAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships and he owns the top nine marks in league history.
He graduated with a 3.95 grade-point average in biology-chemistry. He earned Southern Nazarene’s President's Award for the 2017 graduating class and Dr. Loren Gresham Excellence in Education Award for the top male scholar-athlete at SNU. He previously claimed the NCAA Elite 90 award.
He has offered his services to various local outlets, including coaching Yukon high school’s pole vaulters and volunteering at the Putnam City West High School track meet. He mentored at the New Student Institute and served as a huddle leader at the Oklahoma high school FCA camp. He acted as an SGA Senior Class Athletic Relations Representative and as the SAAC Vice-president.
Other nominees for the 2016-17 GAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award included Arkansas-Monticello sophomore Cole Sears (Football), Arkansas Tech senior Michael Shade (Football), East Central senior Richard Mora (Cross Country/Track & Field), Harding senior Eric Mitchell (Football), Henderson State senior Price Murphree (Golf), Northwestern Oklahoma State senior Thomas Sander (Baseball), Oklahoma Baptist senior Vicente Castillo (Soccer), Ouachita junior Aitor Lopez-Breton (Basketball), Southeastern Oklahoma State senior Alberto Blesa (Tennis), Southern Arkansas senior Kyle Gordon (Golf), Southwestern Oklahoma State senior Cameron Nix (Football).